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  1. Library now bears the name of its driving force: Maureen B. Gauzza

    Human Interest

    WESTCHASE — The former Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library in Northwest Hillsborough County has officially been renamed "Maureen B. Gauzza Library.''

    The former Upper Tampa Bay Regional Library in Northwest Hillsborough County has officially been renamed ‘The Maureen B. Gauzza Library.’
  2. Sunday Conversation: Sara Mickelson has a heart for nonprofits

    Human Interest


    Sara Mickelson, a self-acknowledged Renaissance woman, will be recognized later this month by one of the city's home-grown non-profit organizations as their Corporate Citizen of the Year. Each year, the National Organization for Transplant Enlightenment (N.O.T.E.) salutes people in the community who have …

    Sara Mickelson says she doesn’t know if her red hair has anything to do with how her life has developed, “but I do have a wicked sense of humor, an active imagination, and a willingness to try new things.”
  3. Anti sex trafficking advocate brings message of healing to Sun City Center

    Human Interest

    SUN CITY CENTER — Edie Rhea can use words like hope and healed when she speaks to groups about human sex trafficking, because she has traveled the path from victim to survivor to overcomer.

    Edie Rhea stands in front of a mural, painted by artist Tes One, on the corner of Cass and Morgan Streets that sends a message to  human sex trafficking victims. Rhea is the founder and president of the Healing Root Ministry that works to help victims.
  4. Unusual ball drop highlights golf tournament for Starting Right, Now

    Unusual ball drop highlights golf tournament for Starting Right, Now


    Starting Right, Now holds its inaugural Drive Out Youth Homeless Charity Golf Tournament on Monday with a fairly unique twist: a helicopter ball drop.

    The teens from Starting Right, Now will benefit from the nonprofit’s inaugural fundraising golf tournament.
  5. Ernest Hooper: Amateur chef pitches Tampa like a pro on Gordon Ramsay show


    Even in the final seconds of his 18-episode run on MasterChef, Jeff Philbin represented Tampa — albeit with the help of one of his fiercest competitors.

    Tampa's Jeff Philbin was eliminated from the MasterChef competition during the Sept. 13 broadcast of the Fox reality series, but not before leaving  an impression as a contestant. [Courtesy of Jeff Philbin]
  6. March column: Money pouring in for District 58 state House special election


    Lawrence McClure has reported raising a surprising $107,205 in the first month of his campaign in the special election for the District 58 state House seat, while his Republican primary opponent Yvonne Fry raised what would otherwise seem an impressive $68,765.

    Times Correspondent William March
  7. Fans gear up for FAMU Tampa Football Classic this weekend


    TAMPA — Fans of Florida A&M University Rattlers and Tennessee State University Tigers have converged on Tampa for the annual FAMU Tampa Football Classic.

    Florida A&M head coach Alex Wood and quarterback Vincent Jeffries come to Tampa on Saturday to take on Tennessee State University at Raymond James Stadium.  A number of ancillary events are being held around the game.
  8. Editorial: Don't pit needs for school, transportation money against one another


    What's more important to you, your family, your livelihood and the region — the school system or the transportation system? That is framing up as a political choice for residents in Hillsborough County. But it's also a false choice; the region needs to invest in both schools and transit, and it is vital in the …

    With public schools like Mort Elementary that are more than 50 years old, Hillsborough voters will need to consider a sales surtax to pay for repairs.
  9. Henderson: Irma helps us reorder priorities


    Before I knew about devastation in the Keys, or flooding in Jacksonville, or how Orlando and Miami were battered by Hurricane Irma, I experienced how powerful small doses of kindness can be.

    Evacuees settle in at the emergency shelter at John Hopkins Middle School on Sept. 9 in St. Petersburg.
  10. Irma the uninvited guest waylays nonprofits' fundraisers

    Human Interest

    TAMPA — No one invited Irma to their party last week, but she showed up anyway, waylaying the carefully-laid plans of numerous non-profits counting on achieving significant fundraising goals.

    Stephen Koch, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, with Ron and Tami Sheehan-Broadrick of the Broadrick Family Foundations, sponsors of the BBBS Art of Helping Children Gala. [Photography by MamaRazzi Foto (2016)]